Jackson, Tennessee, Personal Injury & Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Could a sports head injury lead to personal injury claim?

Over the past several years, there have been several studies done regarding the safety of athletes during contact sports, especially football. While most of the focus has been on the lasting effects of concussions on professional football players, medical professionals are also concerned about the cumulative effects of head injuries on younger players. One Tennessee family is now experiencing the pain of watching their son fight to recover after suffering a critical personal injury during a college football game.

The 20-year-old had played two previous seasons with another college team before transferring to Tennessee State University. During the recent game, the linebacker was involved in about five tackles and a sack of the opposing quarterback. According to the parents and video footage, none of the hits appeared to be excessively forceful.

Reducing risks to motorcyclists is everyone’s task

Motorcyclists are at an increased risk of injury when riding down the road in Tennessee. Accidents involving motorcycles often result in some of the worst and most catastrophic injuries due to the heightened levels of exposure and danger to these travelers.

To reduce the prevalence of these accidents, every person on the road – no matter what vehicle they drive – can take steps to remain aware of their surroundings and help increase safety. Injuries from a motorcycle collision often having life-changing and devastating effects, so taking simple steps to increase safety can make a major difference down the line.

Fatal car accidents can occur pretty much anyplace, anytime

No matter one's age or pace of residence, tragedy can come without warning. Many Tennessee families have been forever changed when car accidents steal the lives of their cherished loved ones. Recently, one crash involving four cars resulted in the death of a young child.

One Tennessee community is mourning the loss of one of its members. According to the report, Tennessee Traffic Division officers responded to the scene of a wreck involving four vehicles. The preliminary report states that a vehicle carrying a driver and a child was stopped in a travel lane while preparing to turn into the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. A car that was traveling in the same lane collided with the rear of the stopped car.

Workers' compensation program intended to provide financial aid

There have been countless Tennessee residents who have been injured on the job and struggled to make ends meet while they were incapable of returning to normal duty. It is for this reason that the workers' compensation insurance program was developed as a way of providing injured employees with a source of income to relieve some of the financial pressures. Those who are in need of these funds may encounter difficulty when attempting to file these types of claims.

Recently, a construction worker suffered critical injuries on the job when he was entrapped by a piece of machinery. According to the reports, the 49-year-old worker was on the property of a construction company and attempting to operate a large piece of machinery that is commonly referred to as an earth mover. Apparently, the man was standing under one side of the lift when it lowered and crushed him against the arm of the lift bucket and the tire of the vehicle.

Toyota recalls 1 million vehicles at risk of catching fire

Toyota is in the process of recalling more than 1 million hybrid vehicles worldwide. The company found problems with their electrical systems, specifically the wire harnesses that connect to the car’s power control units. The wire harnesses could wear away over time, generating heat and potentially starting fires.

Car accidents can sometimes lead to additional charges

One of the most frightening experiences for any motorist or pedestrian is to be caught up in a collision. There are times that these car accidents will also lead to additional charges against the at-fault driver who may be wanted for reasons beyond the current wreck. Recently, a man who was wanted by Tennessee officials for causing a serious hit-and-run accident was located in the state's correctional system after being remanded into custody for other charges.

According to the report, two teenagers were walking along a local road back in May when they were struck and seriously injured by a motorist. The driver left the scene of the crash without providing assistance to the victims. Both were later transported to a nearby medical center for treatment of their injuries. Their current condition was undisclosed in the recent report.

Families of heatstroke victims could have case for wrongful death

From the years between 1960 and 2017, there were approximately 145 deaths of football players due to heat-related causes. Recently, a 19-year-old college football player died of heatstroke complications. Sadly, this type of tragedy could impact Tennessee families if schools are not vigilant to ensure student safety, and failure to do so could provide a basis for a wrongful death lawsuit.

According to the investigation, the promising athlete was participating in running practice drills that consisted of 10 sprints of 110 yards each. According to the report, the player was exhibiting signs of heatstroke during the practice. However, by their own admission, members of the coaching staff did not apply the recommended treatment of cold-water immersion in order to counteract the effects of the heat.

Was the accident your fault? Understanding comparative negligence

Tennessee operates under a law of modified comparative negligence. If a driver commits a traffic violation and causes an accident inflicting their own injury, he or she may not have the ability to seek damages. Modified comparative negligence proves that driving while distracted or intoxicated may not only be life threatening – it also takes away your ability to seek compensation for your serious injuries.

 

Certain jobs put you at a greater risk for hearing loss

People encounter loud sounds daily, whether while sitting in traffic, out shopping or working out at the gym. You may also encounter higher noise levels at your workplace. A coworker who takes long, loud personal calls at his desk, or perhaps you work with noisy machinery on a regular basis. A coworker that talks too loudly is certainly annoying, but it is unlikely to damage your hearing. However, prolonged exposure to loud sounds at work can cause noise-induced hearing loss.

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